Precision Tune Ups Should Be an Annual Affair

Precision Tune Ups Should Be an Annual Affair

Annual preventive maintenance for your home’s HVAC equipment is the primary method of protecting one of your largest home investments. With the need to stay cool on most homeowners minds, a precision tune up will help keep your equipment clean, allowing it to operate at peak efficiency. Dirt build-up is arguably the number one enemy of an air conditioner, and can occur throughout the system. Similar build-up on the coils alone can cause several issues, including:

  • Decreased operating capacity: When dirt inhibits the coils’ ability to transfer heat, the system’s ability to perform can decrease by up to 30 percent, reducing its overall capacity to cool your home.
  • Higher energy costs: Dirty coils also affect energy costs, causing an A/C to consume more than 35 percent of the energy it would need to if the coils were clean.
  • Repairs: Over time, dirt build-up on the coils will lead to a higher operating pressure and hotter internal temperatures. Eventually, these factors will cause the lubricant on the compressor to break down, which could eventually lead to compressor failure—and a costly repair.

While the coils are key to efficiency, because they either transfer heat or absorb heat, a comprehensive tune up will address dirt build-up throughout the A/C, helping to ward off unnecessary wear and tear and repairs and keeping the system in good working condition.

At Roth Heating & Cooling, we perform a comprehensive seasonal precision tune up that includes:

  • Cleaning the air handler
  • Inspecting the electrical connections
  • Lubricating the entire system
  • Cleaning both sets of coils on the indoor and outdoor units
  • Testing the safety of the system
  • Checking the condensate drains
  • Checking the temperature drop
  • Inspecting the heat exchanger
  • Testing the controls and thermostat

Homeowners who keep up with regular preventive maintenance gain key benefits from keeping your systems operating at their peak. To schedule a tune-up in the Portland metro area, contact the professionals at (503) 994-9924!

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